Posted by: oldsalt1942 | October 13, 2009

Chugger: The Spirit of Shantyboats

As you all know, I love the off-beat and unusual, therefore I really love the Chugger, a Steve Lewis minimalist cruiser. Twelve feet long with a four foot beam, Steve has gotten a lot out of a little.

image005Duckworks, has several articles about this cool little boat with lots of great photos. Of course you can go directly to Steve’s own site, and see all the boats he’s designed.

Inspired by Steve’s design, Manie Botha from Pretoria South Africa modified the design and came up with this:


You can find Manie’s story at:

But my all time favorite of this boat I found on the Duckworks story of the Lake Pepin Messabout and presented by John Goeser whose “Think Pink” shows an unpretentious man with a great sense of humor.




  1. a little big bigger and you can live on it, if you lost yr house.
    I survived in a 21 ft scow

  2. Can anyone point me in the direction of a chagger club website. I was going to build a pdracer but this chugger has my eye. I qish there was a dedicated club site.

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